Kukla's Korner Hockey
After spending 15 of the last 17 hours in the emergency room of a local hospital dealing with a few issues caused by being a diabetic, I am vowing to begin a new day today.
Enjoying a bit of the Memorial Day Weekend is one thing I will do today but first I wanted to thank George for his big-time help with the hockey section of KK.
I know what he goes through to deliver all the Wings news to his readers and then stepping up to do additional work on KKH is much appreciated.
Now on to hockey talk. I was able to follow most of the Wings/Blackhawks game thanks to devices like a tablet and smart phone and the only thing I can say about the game is they go back at it tomorrow.
Now it is Detroit's turn to make adjustments, get a little more motivated and realize with one more win, they will be playing in the Western Conference Finals.
Game 6 may well be Detroit's game 7.
I will be posting through the day as need be, but will be taking some time off to enjoy this new day.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the fine folks in The Sooner State and hope the many KK members and readers from Oklahoma are safe and secure.
Even though I lost my mom a few years ago, I still think of her especially when it comes to hockey.
One memory will always stand out.
During the Wings cup run in 1998, I was luck enough to win 2 tickets to watch game 3 of the SCF against the Washington Capitals, tickets courtesy of a local radio station.
It was a fly in a few hours before the game, go to the game and fly out. There was no doubt who I would be taking to the game and even though my mom was in her mid-70's and her health was in decline, I was determined to make it a trip she would never forget.
We had some time before the puck dropped, so we visited a local bar in the Washington area, right across from Ford Theater where Red Wing fans were gathering.
My mom became the hit of the pre-party, donning a Wings goalie cage mask and posing for pictures with many of the fans there.
When we arrived at the game, I noticed our seats were about 20 rows up in a nosebleed section and I doubted my mom would be able to make the steep climb. Thankfully a few guys helped me out and we basically lifted my mom up to our seats.
Of course the Wings won the game, went on to win game 4 to sweep the Caps but my highlight of the Cup run was one that lived on for years, seeing the joy on my mom's face whenever she talked about the trip. Her friends really never understood why make such a fuss over a game, but my mom always told them," I was there with my son, nothing could have been any better than that."
With only one game on the schedule tonight, Penguins/Islanders at 7:00pm ET, I am going to take it a little on the easy side today.
I've been putting in some long hours and need to re-charge a bit.
Posts will be a little less frequent today but back at it tomorrow in full force.
I slept in a little longer than normal today and woke up to KK being down.
Back up now and so sorry for any issues it may have cause.
Morning update coming shortly.
Just some house cleaning and friendly reminders...
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Now sit back and enjoy the wonderful two months of playoff hockey.
note: original post time was 1:33pm 4/30/13.
From my host...
emergency maintenance on critical power infrastructure
which took KK down, but we should be good now.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Here is a look, in no particular order, at 10 of the more prominent UFAs who are poised to hit the market.
1. F Jarome Iginla, 35, Penguins
Iginla’s streak of 11-consecutive 30-goal seasons is about to come to an end, but he could still provide some pop and leadership even in this, the downside of his career. Interesting to see if Ray Shero can find the cap space to retain him. Won’t get the $7-million cap hit he carries this season.
2. F Nathan Horton, 27, Bruins
Past concussion problems might be warning signs for teams looking to ink Horton who, with a cap hit of $4 million this season, entered play Saturday with just 22 points in 40 games.
3. F Stephen Weiss, 30, Panthers
A wrist injury meant the end of the season for Weiss, who has a cap hit of $3.1 million in 2013. Given the shortage of reliable centres in the league, count on a team overpaying for him.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is considered the world’s fastest growing sport, but don’t discount hockey – it’s entirely on the up, which means more teams, more players, and greater competition in the long run. With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, we can get ready for an exciting hockey tournament.
In the last five years, hockey was the second fastest growing sport in the States, a figure based purely on the sale of hockey equipment in the States. Further proof to this growth includes the teams we are increasingly seeing perform come from areas not traditionally considered hockey states.
Tonight I take it easy and unwind a bit.
No more late nights or early mornings waiting for a trade, now it is just about the game on the ice.
I do need to re-charge a bit and will probably return later tonight so this post is for you.
How did the trade deadline turn out for your team? Happy, disappointed or not sure?
Leave a comment below if you'd like, if not see you later tonight.
You can view the schedule for tonight below and I would also like to thank George Malik for his help today.
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